We are recruiting for an Interim Chief Programmes Officer!
We are Nesta. The UK’s innovation agency for social good. We confront challenges that affect millions of people, from inequality and ill-health to the climate crisis.
Working with diverse teams of data scientists, designers, behavioural scientists, practitioners, entrepreneurs and those with lived experience, we design, test and scale new solutions to society’s biggest problems. We partner with frontline organisations, build new businesses and work to change whole systems. Harnessing the rigour of science and the creativity of design, we work relentlessly to put new ideas to the test.
How will an Interim Chief Programmes Officer contribute to Nesta’s success?
You will lead Nesta’s work to improve the quality of early years services, reduce inequalities in food environments and life expectancy, and help the UK achieve it’s climate change targets. You will manage ‘Mission Directors’ who each lead multi-disciplinary teams that bring together capabilities in design, data science, behavioural insights, and experimental research.
As Chief Programmes Officer, you will ensure that the three innovation Missions - focused on a fairer start, a healthy life, a sustainable future - deliver measurable change for millions of people in the UK.
You will be accountable for building partnerships, developing solutions, rigorously testing what works, and delivering impact at scale. You will be able to join up teams of practitioners, experts and strategists with specialists in innovation methods - including data scientists, researchers, and designers - to tackle some of society’s biggest challenges.
Additionally, you will play a critical role on Nesta’s leadership team by working closely with the CEO, Chief Scientist, Chief Strategy Officer and other colleagues to help shape and deliver every part of Nesta’s strategy.
The successful candidate will have experience in designing and testing solutions and supporting their adoption at scale. They will have direct experience building and working in large strategic partnerships, directing multi-disciplinary teams, making strategic business decisions as part of a senior management team, and managing significant resources and risks.
Leading Nesta’s Missions
Leading Nesta’s policy influencing and relationship-building
What we offer
Salary: £96k-£121k plus array of benefits, including health cash plans, dental insurance, the ability to buy and sell annual leave, eyecare vouchers and more
Location: This role is based in Blackfriars, Central London, but we offer flexibility for our people to work remotely
Term: 12 month Maternity cover
Hours: This is a full-time role but we offer a range of flexible working arrangements and encourage our people to take advantage of them. Many do.
Reports to: CEO
Making an application
To apply for this role, please submit your application before 8:00am on the 10th of May 2021.
At Nesta, we believe that a diverse workforce leads to an organisation that is more innovative, more creative and gets better results.
We want our workforce to represent the diversity of the people and communities we serve. We also want our workplace to be one where different experiences, expertise and perspectives are valued, and where everyone is encouraged to grow and develop.
This means that when we are recruiting, we actively seek to reach a diverse pool of candidates. It also means that we are happy to consider any reasonable adjustments that potential employees may need to in order to be successful.
We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including working from home, compressed or part-time hours, job shares and other arrangements.
Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore.